Simon Garner could be forgiven for having a sense of deja-vu at the start of this season.
Twelve months ago the midfielder arrived to find his path into the centre of midfield blocked, but by the end of the campaign he was one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Now he feels like he is having to start all over again as he bids for a regular place in the Shaymen’s starting line up.
“It has felt like I have started again, like a new signing,” he said.,
“It is like last season, I have had to come in and prove myself again.
“Hopefully I can keep my place next week.
“I knew it was going to be hard to get into the side with the new signings and the fact I missed quite a lot of pre-season.
“I knew if I worked hard I would get a chance.
“Results haven’t been brilliant, but we have had a steady start and I couldn’t really complain.
“I have been in the Gaffer’s ear because I had the one start and didn’t get another even though I thought I had done okay.”
Last Saturday he made only his second start of the campaign in the game at Hinckley.
And while it all went well for 68 minutes Garner, who played as well as anyone in the side, knows that he could be tarnished by the eventual defeat the team suffered.
“I got an opportunity last weekend and who knows I may not start again this week because of the result,” he said.
“Obviously as a team we didn’t get the result and how we didn’t I don’t know.”
Garner believes if Town can tighten up at the back then they will not be too long in climbing the table.
“We have only kept one clean sheet so far and last season we kept a lot,” he said.
“I know it’s a different league but we have got better players in.”
Garner now has two aims, one personal and the other for the team as a whole as the Shaymen prepare for Saturday’s visit of Vauxhall Motors.
“On a personal level I hope I can stay in the team and on a collective level we can kick on,” he said.